The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, and the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations, recently formed a new partnership to help support their mutual goal of building a robust clean energy economy to power America.

Under the new partnership, SEIA and the BlueGreen Alliance will collaborate on communication efforts, events, policy, and research activities promoting the growth of solar energy markets and jobs throughout the nation. SEIA’s work to grow the U.S. solar energy industry directly supports BlueGreen Alliance’s own initiative to expand clean energy industries, create jobs, and ensure the U.S. retains its competitive edge within the global energy economy.

“The BlueGreen Alliance is one of the leading clean energy advocacy groups in the U.S, and we’re proud to formally acknowledge our ongoing work with them,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch. “With a work force of 120,000 and growing demand, solar energy is now one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S. Our future work with BlueGreen Alliance, a friend in the labor and environmental movement, better positions us to collaborate in the race for our clean energy future.”

Today, the United States has 8,500MW of installed solar electric capacity — enough to power more than 1.3 million American homes — and 40% of our existing capacity, or 3,300MW, was installed last year alone, making solar one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation. America’s solar industry now employs nearly 120,000 workers at 5,600 companies, most of which are small businesses spread across every state in the union.